Heat attracts library walk-ins

  In 90 to 100-degrees, where do those without a pool or air-conditioning go to cool off?  Many people turn to Oconee County’s air-conditioned libraries.  Blair Hinson of the Oconee Public Library says with school out, summer is a busy time for the libraries, but there’s no doubt about it.  Other patrons and the general public tend to migrate to […]

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Why you need a will, attorney explains

The example of the music superstar Prince points up the need to have a will.  Only days after the death of the reclusive millionaire, reports circulated that he may not have left a will.  In such a case the assets of his music empire are thrown into chaos.  A Seneca attorney, Paul Cain, recommends everyone have a will.  A simple […]

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Seneca to be well represented at statewide meeting

Seneca will be well represented during the annual meeting of the South Carolina Municipal Association.  And there’s a special reason for that.  The city’s multi-million dollar upgrades of its water treatment facilities are meriting an award to be handed out at the statewide meeting of municipal leaders.  The meeting, July 14 through the 17, takes place in the port city […]

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David Vaughn’s death ruled accidental

After an autopsy today, Oconee Coroner Karl Addis has ruled the death of David Wayne Vaughn accidental.  The cause of death, Addis said this afternoon, was due to positional asphyxiation.  Addis released this account of the death investigation Monday at rural 302 Holly Lane near Walhalla.  “The autopsy also showed Mr. Vaughn to have signs of dehydration and a minor […]

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“Dexter” the K-9 hit by car

The Westminster Police Department K-9 “Dexter” was in surgery today in Greenville for injuries last night when hit by a car.  According to Chief Dean Awalt, Dexter was inside a pen at the home of his handler when the sound of fireworks scared the dog enough for it to break from the pen and then be struck by a car. […]

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Westminster policeman resigns

The Westminster police have confirmed the resignation of one of their officers.  This after, the officer’s arrest Sunday on the charge of domestic violence second degree.  Corp. Timothy Hugh Williamson II had worked for the police department for three years.  Chief Dean Awalt says Williamson resigned this morning.  According to the booking report from the Oconee Law Enforcement Center, Williamson […]

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Spay/neuter program works

Oconee County Council members are being told that their funding means success to the Humane Society’s low income spay/neuter assistance program.  Using county funding, the Humane Society relies on volunteers and paid staff to carry out the program.  A report provided a council committee shows spay/neuter has resulted in 29% fewer intakes and a 60% increase in adoptions at the […]

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Clarence Knight Busch

Death has taken the man known as the last Pearl Harbor survivor who lived in Oconee County.  Clarence Knight Busch, who had lived at Mountain Rest, died Saturday at the home of a daughter in W. Columbia.  He was 98.  The funeral will be 4 pm Wednesday at Davenport Funeral Home; the burial in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.  The […]

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A sizzling July 4 weekend!

Walhalla has recorded its first 100-degree day of the summer.  The thermometer hit the century mark on Sunday, according to Barbara Wilson, the U-S Weather Observer.  And it’s likely it won’t be the last 100-degree day of the summer, if the forecast for late this week proves true.  The official high for Walhalla for Independence Day yesterday was 96 degrees. […]

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